Since Barack Obama’s historic visit to Cuba in March 2016, a lot of people felt happy believing that finally the five-decade old American crusade against Castro dynasty came to an end. But now they’re disappointed to find out that the ‘crippling sanctions’ against Cuba, like Iran, are still in force.
Washington has lifted some travel restrictions against Cuban citizen. The US released the Cuban-Five in exchange for American Jew spy Alan Gross. US State Department even took-off Cuba from list of countries sponsoring terrorism. Iran and N. Korea are still on that list while Israel which had committed most terrorist acts against the US, never made to the list.
On October 27, 2015, 191 out of 193 UN General Assembly member states demanded that all US sanction against Cuba should be lifted for the 24th consecutive year. The only two states that voted against the resolution were United States and the Zionist entity.
Sanctions continue to impede imports of critical goods and equipment from the US just as Cuba is prevented from exporting products and services to the US. Cuba has no direct banking relations with the US. American corporations cannot invest in the Cuban economy, except in the telecommunications industry.
The transfer of funds to Cuba is still being blocked. Payments even in currencies other than the US dollar are often withheld. Foreign banks and other corporations with links to Cuba continue to be fined. In February 2016 for instance a fine was levied on CGG Services S.A. of France for violating the blockade on Cuba. In May 2016 the Royal Bank of Canada refused to transfer payment in Canadian dollars corresponding to Cuba’s membership fee of the Association of Caribbean States. In the same month, a bank in Spain closed the current accounts of a business group due to the group’s operations with Cuba.
“Under Obama’s term 14 billion dollars has been imposed on foreign banks for accepting Cuban transactions in US dollars. For Iran the pressure still remains by the Republicans and the Democrats in the House and Senate. And there’s very little there has been accomplished on the US part after the agreement was signed with Iran. Basically sanctions are illegal by UN definition, they should never be applied against people for any political purposes,” Gloria Estela La Riva, an American analyst on Cuba told Press TV in September 2016 (here).
It is widely known that it is the US Congress more than the White House that is determined to perpetuate sanctions against Cuba. While some members of both the Senate and the House of Representatives feel that the sanctions should be lifted, but the Jewish and special interests lobbying groups want it to continue to punish Cuba. US Congress has received 51 legislative initiatives that seek to reinforce the sanctions. Obama cannot afford to ignore this. Nonetheless, he has executive powers that can circumvent some of the hurdles erected by the pro-sanctions groups.
In December 2014, the Zionist regime slammed the White House over its historic reconciliation move towards Havana without consulting Benjamin Netanyahu.